"Since [the] first lockdown, we have no international tourists but we're still paying the highest rental in New Zealand."
Local media reports say up to 2000 corpses have recently been recovered from rivers in two states.
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"I don't even think we're in a position to even be looking at tourism at the moment."
The symptoms include chronic fatigue, muscle and joint pain and loss of sense of smell.
Denmark this week began digging up millions of culled mink buried six months ago.
Nearly half the 150 passengers booked on Australia's first repatriation flight were barred from boarding on Friday.
"More investigation is still needed to determine the origin of the pandemic," 18 scientists have said in a new letter.
The emergence of the B.1.617.2 variant has prompted some scientists to call for the reopening to be delayed.